Beethoven Symphony No 9, ‘Choral’
Introduced on stage by the conductor
Sir Simon Rattle conductor & presenter
Iwona Sobotka soprano
Anna Stéphany mezzo-soprano
Robert Murray tenor
Florian Boesch baritone
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra
Part of the 2019/20 season
Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change
Sir Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven’s final symphonic epic in this early-evening Half Six Fix concert, introduced on-stage by the conductor.
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is the culmination of a life’s work, but it also contests everything he’d written before. Following a furious opening and stirring slow movement, the Ninth’s finale explodes into a remarkable mingling of musical styles, featuring operatic recitative, two fugues and a fantasia with choir and soloists singing the words of Friedrich Schiller’s Ode to Joy.
The Ninth proved a tough act to follow for generations of composers to come, but it’s a piece that burst open the doors on a radical future for the symphony.
This concert is part of Half Six Fix, a different way to experience the LSO, with an introduction to the music from Sir Simon Rattle, and digital programme notes on your phone or device. Grab a drink, take your seat and enjoy the music.
LSO Patrons enjoy exclusive access to a special allocation of premium seats held off sale for LSO concerts at the Barbican.
These can be booked at short notice through a personalised Box Office service, often for sold-out concerts.
Find out more about our Patrons scheme or contact Michael Tivey, Individual Giving Manager on 020 7382 2506.
These concerts start at 6.30pm and last for one hour, without an interval, featuring a short programme of one or two major works, which the conductor will introduce from the stage.
To bring you closer to the action, we’ll have screens to showcase the performers and programme notes available electronically on your Android or iPhone device. You can also enjoy the music with a drink in your seat.
Part of Beethoven 250 at the Barbican